A historic and urban riverfront city dubbed the “The Queen City of the Hudson.” 

Welcome to Poughkeepsie

A historic and urban riverfront city dubbed the “The Queen City of the Hudson.” 

Poughkeepsie, New York is the perfect combination of urban living and the benefits of suburban life. The area comprises the City of Poughkeepsie, which offers a bustling and lively lifestyle and the Town of Poughkeepsie, where residents can seek out a slower pace of life. With a total population teetering around 70,000, residents here get a great mix of urban and rural appeal. 

The riverfront views in Poughkeepsie are one of the main draws for residents. Throughout the town you will find an eclectic range of restaurants, cafes, shops, and sources of entertainment. Poughkeepsie provides an abundance of activities for individuals of all ages. Poughkeepsie is an inviting destination for those looking for a great place to live. 

What to Love

  • Riverfront views 
  • Festivals and events year-round
  • An eclectic range of cafes, restaurants, and mom and pop shops 
  • Big city living without the traditional big-city nuances. 

Local Lifestyle

There are plenty of great businesses calling Poughkeepsie home. Some of them include the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and the renovated Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, both of which have fueled the economy in the area. 

The lifestyle in Poughkeepsie is one with a slower pace than in the big city while offering all the perks of city living. These perks include access to a range of restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and entertainment destinations. With the modest but growing population, residents have a great opportunity to get to know their neighbors. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Dining and entertainment is another highlight of Poughkeepsie. Residents and tourists here can dine at some great establishments and restaurants. There’s Shadows On the Hudson for those seeking out fine dining on the riverfront and Lola’s Cafe for those who want a casual place to go. 

Farmers & Chefs is another local favorite, thanks to its farm-to-table cuisine. The calm ambiance and fresh menu provide something for everyone. For some Parisian and European flavors, locals and tourists enjoy the popular Brasserie 292. Here, diners experience a delicate menu bursting with flavor. On any given day, residents can't go wrong with other local favorites including Kelly’s Bakery, Rosticceria Rossi & Sons Deli, and Crafted Kup.

Things to Do

One of the best ways to experience the area is by getting out for an afternoon or evening stroll. Venture out to the walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park to get a great feel for the area. The walkway offers access over the Hudson and is a great place to ride your bike, scooter or go out for a stroll. For those wanting to enjoy the outdoors with sports and friends, McCann Memorial Golf Course is a popular destination to pass the time. 

When it comes to the whole family, the First Friday Festival is an event everyone can look forward to. This annual celebration takes place on the first Friday of every month in summer. Locals and tourists enjoy a day of celebration with good food, great art, and music. 

For more fun around the town, Revel 32 is an event space hosting a range of activities including tango and dinner nights. This elegant event hall is a popular destination for those looking for upscale and elegant entertainment. 

Locust Grove, the estate of Samuel Morse, is the perfect destination for history buffs and locals alike. This National Historic Landmark offers a glimpse into the life of the artist and the inventor of Morse code, Samuel Morse. 


Poughkeepsie is served by the Poughkeepsie School District made up of several schools including the following:

Demographics and Employment Data for Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie has 16,972 households, with an average household size of 2.32. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Poughkeepsie do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 42,737 people call Poughkeepsie home. The population density is 2,339.91 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

48.85 / 51.15%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
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  • Bachelor Degree
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Commute Time

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30 to 59 Minutes
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Around Poughkeepsie, NY

There's plenty to do around Poughkeepsie, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Walkable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Dimpi's Foodmart, From the Ground Up Cafe, and Mark's Dessert By Nilda.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.23 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.59 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.87 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.8 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.57 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.64 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
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